So my left shoulder has been bothering me since mid-june. I tried to max my bench press, failed, and experienced the pain the next day. I went to 3 different PTs, but that really didn't help much. Maybe I just had bad luck, but it seemed like they didn't have a clue about what they were talking about. (One of them said swimming for 2 weeks would miraculously cure the shoulder, another one used Radial Shockwave Therapy with no effect, obviously.)
After these unsuccessful visits, I went to another PT a friend of mine recommended. He examined the shoulder and said that it was most likely an impingement syndrome or a supraspinatus strain. He recommended an MRI scan to check for impingement. This came back negative. But it is my understanding that the MRI was 'set' to only check for impingement. But wouldn't they see if my RC was damaged anyway? Should I try another one of these?
I've been told that my shoulders are too much rotated forward, so I've been doing various exercises to bring them back (seated rows, face pulls). I've also been doing a lot of RC exercises as well as stretching my lats.
The shoulder pops when I'm rotating it backwards, but every PT said that was normal and probably didn't have anything to do with my injury. I sometimes experience a sharp pain in front of the shoulder when I hold my palm against the back of my head and rotate, in addition to a light but constant pain in the shoulder in general.
The shoulder feels stiff, but the funny thing is that this varies. The sensation is close to the feeling of muscle soreness, especially when I stretch the shoulder.
When I do overhead presses with just my arms it feels like a tendon is grinding a bone or something.
Basically, all pushing exercises hurt. Rowing exercises are OK with the exception of pull ups, but can't go too heavy on the rows either without feeling pain.
Anyways, this is just some kind of last attempt to resolve my shoulder problems without undergoing surgery. So if anyone has any suggestions it would be very appreciated..